Why get a PhD?

I’m currently writing  job applications, which is surprisingly reminiscent of working on my dissertation. Since I have a full-time position, I’ve been putting in at least 8 hours per day to stay on track, then working on the application materials early in the morning and late at night.

I couldn’t help but chuckle at this comic from The Upturned Microscope:

why-do-a-phd

Source link: https://upmic.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/why-do-a-phd

Apparently, not much changes post PhD, though it did take a few years before I wouldn’t wince at the sight of my study species and could restate my ‘passion for science’ without experiencing a sinking feeling in my gut.

Really, though…is there any other reason to do a PhD in the sciences besides having a passion that can be played out through research or teaching? It’s not for the money, it’s not for the prestige, and it requires a Herculean measure of perseverance.

Stay strong, PhDers, the world needs you.

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